I really wish this NFF move is truly with a true intention of making the boys have gradual and dedicated growth into excellence, and not just rushed into soccer dollars and round-leather fame, and in the process, lose their productivity.
Legally and morally though, do you think the NFF has such right to veto the careers of these boys and tag them “national assets??
Agents and scouts masquarading as contacts for members of the Nigerian U-17 side Golden Eaglets, who emerged world champions in Chile at the FIFA U-17 World Cup last month, have been barred from entering into any agreement with clubs anywhere in the world.
Disclosing this to the Press in Lagos on Thursday, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Melvin Amaju Pinnick vowed not to issue International Transfer Certificate (ITC) to any member of the victorious Golden Eaglets or the country’s age-grade teams.
This is authoritative, coming from the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, who described the players as “a national assets”.
Pinnick said that contrary to some recent stories that a foreign agent had signed members of the team on its stable, no such transfer had been approved.
“Quote me, the players are going no where; they are our national asset.
We are the custodians of football in Nigeria, we will regulate and determine where they go and how they develop to ensure that they and their parents ultimately benefit from their career,” Pinnick vowed.
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